Dance scenes throughout the years recreated in special show to mark Alley Theatre’s 10th anniversary

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dance scenes throughout the years recreated in special show to mark Alley Theatre’s 10th anniversary thumbnailPerformers who entertained the crowd during the 'Best of 10 Years' at the Alley commemorative show.

HORDES of people gathered at the Alley Theatre, Strabane, last week to attend the latest show in the local establishment's 10th anniversary celebrations.

'The Best of Ten Years' show delighted audiences on Wednesday and Thursday of last week when a number of groups took to the stage to perform.

Dance Kraze, Encore and the Arts Academy were included in the line-up and they re-created dance scenes from shows throughout the years.

Claiming that the commemorative event has been "exciting" so far, Jacqui Doherty, one of the event organisers, says there's a lot more fun-filled festivities to come.

"The Alley is open 10 years on March 20," she told the Strabane Weekly News. "We have had a number of events and what kicked it off was a project called Let the Dance Begin and it's an inclusion group that has been going for a good few years and it's a group who work with local primary schools, Glenside and Knockavoe. They had their performance on February 23 and that's what started the celebrations.

"Then we had a performance from the Ulster Orchestra on March 4 and they actually opened the Alley 10 years ago so we thought it was quite fitting.

"Then last week we had the 'Best of 10 Years' at the Alley and we had a number of groups who have participated in performances throughout the years. We had groups like Dance Kraze, Encore and the Arts Academy. Encore did a few dance scenes and different pieces that they would have done throughout the years and the Arts Academy have written a new play and they will be performing that later in the year and they did an excerpt from that."

Elsewhere, The Pulse, also entertained audiences last night (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) Northern Sounds will be hosting a gig in the popular theatre.

"The Northern Sounds are performing on Thursday (tomorrow) and they are all Strabane entertainers who featured on the Northern Sounds CD and it's a tribute concert to 'Rainy Boy Sleep' and the proceeds will be going to Suicide Awareness," Jacqui continued.

"There have been a number of artists who have sang before performances as well like Terry McCafferty, Brian Hassan performed before the Ulster Orchestra and for the Best of 10 Years, we had Ciaran Gallen and Gary Elliot.

"We wanted to involve as many local talents as possible who have been through our doors over the past 10 years and we wanted to make it a community celebration."

As part of the St Patrick's Day festivities on Friday the Alley are hosting a number of events including traditional Irish music, magic shows and a disco for all the family.

Staff at the Alley Theatre will only have a few days to recover from the celebrations before nine nights of the Strabane Drama Festival will kick off from March 24 until April 1.


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